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Reviews Summary for MXL V-88 Microphone
MXL V-88 Microphone Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $MSRP ~200/used~100
Description: A large-capsule condenser microphone that requires 'phantom
power' (+48v). Will require a preamp that supplies this
power. Microphone was engineered to be used in the
recording industry as a vocal and instrument mic. Ruler-
flat response for accurate sound reprodution.
Product is in production.
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KI6USW Rating: 5/5 Oct 25, 2010 13:38 Send this review to a friend
XLNT for the price!!!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I studied sound engineering at David Gibson's studio in San Francisco; had my own home small but potent recording studio. Became a Ham a couple of years ago . . .

Having said that, I parlayed this knowledge into making the best audio for my HF rig that I knew how - a Kenwood TS-2000, Behriger Ultra Gain 2200 mic preamp, and a MXL V88 large-capsule condenser mic. I use the ACC2 plug on the back in order to bypass the mic preamp that the Kenwood has natively. I made my own cables and footswitch. I also use the Kenwood ARCP-2000 software - along with the N3GX DSP Modifier to attain up to a 4 khz frequency response. Works treeemendous!

But it would be IMPOSSIBLE to attain this broadcast-quality sound without a mic that can step to the plate and knock a homer. One needs a ruler-flat response to this end. It is wired internally with high grade Mogami wire. The frequency response is without unnatural frequency coloring - as many dynamic mics and cheaper condenser mics will add by design. TO make a true broadcast sound; one must reproduce sound without this coloration. Otherwise, you will need to painstakingly need to equalize the sound - this adds addtional and unnecessary cost. Don't bother with small capsule condenser mics if you want a true broadcast quality sound. If sound is important to you; then the right mic becomes essential. Heil fails to impress the audiophile that I've had to learn to be - in order to do audio correctly.

Of course, a clean low-cost preamp makes this happen too. The Behringer preamp isn't the bast; but for the low cost and quality it provides - it will fill the bill nicely w/o spending 100's more for a true tube mic preamp. Go with it.

I paid $80/used for the MXL V88 mic. They can be found between $170 to $200 new. The mic comes with the acoustic suspension. I have seldom been impressed with low cost mics and never used them when recording music that was to be critically examined. But this mic was full of surprises. It will never replace a Neumann U-87 for instrument or vocal recordings; but it sure comes very close to that sonic standard. Since the Neumann is $3200 and the V-88 is but a fraction of that cost, it is a compromise that makes high quality sound affordable and realizable

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